GCC roaming charges to be slashed by 30%

The mobile roaming charges across the GCC would go down by 30 per cent from July 1.
A decision to this effect has been reached jointly by the GCC telecom service providers following a similar cut in September last year, Khaleej Times reported.

Quoting Mohammed Ghanem, Director-General of UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, the newspaper reported that decision is a consequence of the recent ministerial resolution, which was issued during the Kuwait session late last year.

The resolution was then approved during the just concluded three-day meeting of the telecommunication regulators of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE.

“In no case should the charges be allowed to exceed 15 per cent of the charge for an international call,” a GCC official recently told a newspaper.

Other topics tackled by telecommunication regulators included the transition in the GCC from Analog Radio Broadcast to Digital Broadcast, in view of its enormous benefits in the field of televised telecommunication services, which will have its positive social and economic impacts on the region.

In the field of mail, the regulators discussed the GCC preparation for the next World Mail Summit to be held in Qatar.

The officials also discussed ways and means to regulate the work and activities of private companies working in the field of mail, cargo and courier.

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